Iridium Active Antenna Cables

A wide selection of antenna cables are available in different lengths and thicknesses to connect Iridium devices. These quality made cables offer low loss communications and provide extendable use for flexible applications.

LMR standard is a UV-Resistant Polyethylene jacketed cable designed to survive a 20-year outdoor service use. The handling and bending of LMR cables is far superior than air-dielectric and corrugated hardline cables.

Cable kits can be bought separately for Iridium Beam Active Antennas. Active cables perform better over longer distances and are typically used for enterprise and commercial applications.

Active versus Passive Antennas

An active antenna has the same specs and capabilities of a passive antenna except it has an in-built amplifier. Active antennas are used for transmitting and receiving applications. When the active antenna receives the signal, the integrated amplifier boosts it and allows for a longer cable run.

Active antennas compensate for cable loss and the longer the cable, the higher the loss. The active antenna’s amplifier is made up for any attenuation of the signal. Amplifiers do not have any influence on the antenna’s ability to acquire the receiving signal. Passive antennas don’t have an in-built amplifier and are better suited to shorter cable runs.

Coaxial Cables

When choosing an antenna cable, it’s important to understand the specifications in order to select the correct component for your installation. Coaxial cables are manufactured with copper-coated steel wires that transmit high frequency signals. The copper wires are protected with an insulator to block any electromagnetic interference.

Male to Male Coaxial Cables

LMR is the latest standard of RF coax cables. They are made to provide more flexibility for an easier installation. Cables in this category like the LMR 400 cable are generally used for satellite antenna installations.

Cables can have different connectors on both ends in different coaxial cable lengths. The connectors are plated with high-connectivity metals to preserve the integrity of the signal being transmitted between devices. Choosing connectors will depend on the type of device you need to connect and the distance it will be from the original power source.

The coax cables with a N Male to N Male connector come in the following different thickness and lengths:

  • LMR 200 3/16" in 87 feet
  • RG213U 3/16" in 131 feet
  • LMR 300 5/16" in 149 feet
  • LMR 400 3/8" in 227 feet
  • LMR 500 1/2" in 286 feet
  • LMR 600 1/2" in 351 feet
  • TWS 900DB 5/8" in 526 feet

Superior Cables

Flexibility and bendability are characteristics of the LMR 200, LMR 300, LMR 400, LMR 500, LMR 600, and LMR 900 cable design with the outer conductor enabling a tight bend radius. It guarantees low loss and its RF shielding is 50 dB more than a typical shielded coax.

LMR DB cables are the same as the standard LMR but have the added benefit of being watertight. The waterproofing compound in and around the foil ensures a continuous and reliable service when the jacket gets damaged or exposed to water.

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